"Three gunmen, who have been hired to assassinate the President, hold a family hostage while waiting for their target. Interesting B film which focuses on psychopathic killer well-portrayed against type by Frank Sinatra." - noir expert Spencer Selby | Cast: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden, James Gleason, Nancy Gates. 77 min.
Keywords: crime; drama; Frank Sinatra; Sterling Hayden; James Gleason; Nancy Gates; Kim Charney
Downloads: 327,599 (32 reviews)
|The Stranger - Sam Spiegel|
Set Connecticut after World War II, The Stranger is a cat and mouse game between Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission and Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi who has assumed the false identity of Dr. Charles Rankin. To complete his new intelligentsia disguise, Kindler marries Mary Longstreet, daughter of a Supreme Court justice.
Keywords: Drama; Film-Noir; Mystery; Thriller; pdmovies
Downloads: 243,392 (10 reviews)
|D.O.A. - Leo C. Popkin|
D.O.A. (1950) is a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, considered a classic of the stylistic genre. The frantically-paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies. The film begins with a scene called "perhaps one of cinema's most innovative opening sequences" by a BBC reviewer. The scene is a long, behind-the-back tracking sequence featuring Frank Bigelow (O'Brien) walking through a hallway into a police station to repo...
Keywords: suspense; film noir; pdmovies
Downloads: 242,611 (51 reviews)
"Wealthy businessman survives attempt by wife to have him killed, makes it look like she succeeded and starts a new life in small town as auto mechanic. Variation on idea elevated to noir importance by The Killers (1946), where victim of femme fatale tries to abandon the city and his past identity." - noir expert Spencer Selby
Downloads: 194,331 (36 reviews)
An engrossing film noir with Mickey Rooney, Peter Lorre, and Jeanne Cagney. Needing money for a date, Rooney borrows $20 from the cash register, starting a chain of events that includes car theft, burglary, and possibly murder. Read more at the IMDB. (The video is interlaced in both the MPEG2 file and the Cinepack. If viewing with VLC, deinterlace with menu-path Video/Deinterlace/Blend.) This is a better copy than the previous versions that were uploaded...
Keywords: suspense; noir; crime; Mickey Rooney; Peter Lorre
Downloads: 144,887 (12 reviews)
|Scarlet Street - Fritz Lang, Walter Wanger|
German director Fritz Lang is best known for the highly influential films from relatively early in his career, especially Metropolis (1927) and M (1931). But he also had a brief Hollywood heyday during the mid 1940s, when he made some of his best films. Scarlet Street has been claimed by film noir. This attribution is understandable. The lighting is dark, with heavy use of shadows. The characters are all shady as well...
Keywords: Film-Noir; Drama; Black Comedy; Fritz Lang
Downloads: 142,363 (27 reviews)
|Too Late for Tears|
This is pure noir. Lizabeth Scott and Arthur Kennedy are a couple who receive a satchel full of money that was intended for someone else (Dan Duryea). He wants to turn the cash over to the authorities; she wants to keep it---no matter what the consequenses: "Jane, Jane, what's happening to us---what's happening. The money sits down there in an old leather bag and yet it's tearing us apart. It's poison, Jane...
Keywords: noir; suspense; murder; crime
Downloads: 113,534 (14 reviews)
"Man is involved in two freakish accidents that make him look like a murderer. Poverty row masterwork that is the most precise elucidation of the noir theme of explicit fatalism." - noir expert Spencer Selby | Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald. | A B-movie, it was shot in six days. The film, budgeted for $89,000 and ended up costing $117,000 to make.
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Film-Noir; Mystery; Thriller
Downloads: 99,710 (22 reviews)
|The Saint Louis Bank Robbery|
Steve McQueen stars in a gritty, downbeat, and sometimes savage heist movie that features a gang of very psychologically warped men and a story that's based on an actual crime. Warning: this film is devoid of humor, wit, cheerfulness, glamor, and mercy. It's grim to the brim. Some will find that viewing it is an unpleasant experience. This movie is in the public domain. Video-Cellar wrote: The film was originally published without a notice, but most prints currently in circulation are later te...
Keywords: Steve McQueen; Crahan Denton; David Clarke; bank robbery; heist; Saint Louis; St. Louis; pdmovies
Downloads: 95,331 (11 reviews)
|The Green Glove - Georges Maurer, Detmar Walter|
Glen Ford plays Michael Blake a WWII veteran who retuns to France to find a mysterious Green Glove he had discoverd during the early days of Normandy invasion.
Keywords: Suspense; Mystery
Downloads: 69,864 (12 reviews)
|Kansas City Confidential - Edward Small|
Four robbers hold up an armored truck getting away with over a million dollars in cash. Joe Rolfe (John Payne), a down-on-his-luck flower delivery truck driver is accused of being involved and is beaten up by the local police. Released due to lack of evidence, Joe, following the clues to a Mexican resort, decides to look for the men who set him up and get revenge.
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Film-Noir; Mystery; pdmovies
Downloads: 67,588 (24 reviews)
|Amazing Mr. X , The|
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
Downloads: 67,539 (11 reviews)
|Please Murder Me|
How's that for a title? Lawyer Raymond Burr (seeming very much like Perry Mason) brilliantly defends Angela Lansbury, who seems certain to be found guilty of murdering her husband, who was Burr's best friend! Instead of spoiling it for you, I'll just say that a couple of surprises lie ahead for him. It's a wonder this film was allowed to become p.d. Don't miss it. Also appearing are Dick Foran, John Dehner, Lamont Johnson, and Denver Pyle...
Keywords: murder; lawyer; Raymond Burr; noir; thriller; Angela Lansbury; Perry Mason; Dick Foran; John Dehner; Denver Pyle
Downloads: 65,001 (20 reviews)
|The File On Thelma Jordan - Break Wind Studios|
http://imdb.com/title/tt0041368/ Thelma Jordon (Barbara Stanwyck), late one night, shows up in the office of married Assistant DA Cleve Marshall (Wendell Corey). Before Cleve can stop himself, he and Thelma are involved in an illicit affair. But Thelma is a mysterious woman, and Cleve can't help wondering if she is hiding something. Thelma has a plan up her sleeve that will ruin Corey if his love for her and his own weakness win out...
Keywords: Crime; mystery; Barbara Stanwyck
Downloads: 62,628 (7 reviews)
|The Man Who Cheated Himself - Felix E. Feist|
"Tough cop helps his lover cover up the shooting of her wealthy husband. Mainstream noir, primarily distinguished by its acting and San Francisco visuals." - noir expert Spencer Selby Cast: Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Jane Wyatt, Lisa Howard. 81 min.
Downloads: 58,983 (18 reviews)
An atmospheric little noir starring Charles Russell and Mary Beth Hughes. Fritz Leiber, Sr. (father of the famous author) has a cameo as a seer or psychic. "You're very pretty ... when those lips aren't moving." (Yes, it's noir. See the Wikipedia entry and this.) The IMDB entry is here. This print seems to be complete and may be of higher quality than the one already in the Archive. You can load the mpeg2 file into DVDAuthorGUI (a free program) and create a DVD to watch on your television.
Keywords: noir; Fritz Leiber; Charles Russell; Mary Beth Hughes
Downloads: 56,519 (11 reviews)
|He Walked By Night - Bryan Foy|
Gripping film noir crime drama about a manhunt for a ruthless killer who plays a deadly cat and mouse game with the police. Starring Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Whit Bissell, and Jack Webb, this movie was the basis for "Dragnet". Watch for Whit Bissell, the unsung but solid bit player who has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows
Keywords: crime drama; manhunt; film noir
Downloads: 56,298 (18 reviews)
|Behind Green Lights|
The action begins when a car occupied by the corpse of a sleazy private detective glides down a hill and winds up in front of a police station. (The title of the film stems from the fact that police stations used to have green lights at the entrance.) Currently (2010-02-23) the movie is rated 7.2 at the IMDB! Some of the stars are William Gargan, Carole Landis, John Ireland, Charles Russell, and Don Beddoe...
Keywords: William Gargan; crime; drama; noir; murder; mystery; police; reporters; John Ireland; Charles Russell; Don Beddoe
Downloads: 55,221 (24 reviews)
|Inner Sanctum - Richard B. Morros|
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
Downloads: 54,916 (9 reviews)
|The Red House - Sol Lesser|
"Middle-aged farmer goes to extreme lengths to protect the dark secret associated with a deserted house on his property. Murky psychological thriller with resonant settings and an emotive Miklos Rozsa score." - noir expert Spencer Selby
Keywords: Thriller; Film-Noir; Mystery
Downloads: 53,742 (23 reviews)
|The Big Combo - Boo|
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047878/ Police captain Peterson (Robert Middleton) storms into the office of police Lt. Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) critical of Diamond's spending exorbitant amounts of the city budget and his own personal money in an attempt to arrest a crime boss Mr. Brown (Richard Conte). Peterson says it is a waste of time trying to find something incriminating to bring Mr. Brown to justice because his crime combo does business without accounting books, and furthermore Peterso...
Keywords: syndicate, crime, Cornel Wilde, Brian Donlevy, film noir, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman, Robert Middleton
Downloads: 53,222 (14 reviews)
|Woman on the Run|
In San Francisco, a woman tries to track down her husband, who is hiding from a killer and from the police. The IMDB entry is here.
Keywords: noir; crime; suspense; thriller; murder; witness
Downloads: 50,804 (11 reviews)
|The Chase - Seymour Nebenzal, Eugene Frenke|
Returning a lost wallet gains unemployed veteran Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) a job as chauffeur to Eddie Roman (Steve Cochran), a seeming gangster whose enemies have a way of meeting violent ends. The job proves nerve-wracking, and soon Chuck finds himself pledged to help Eddie's lovely, fearful, prisoner-wife Lorna (Michèle Morgan) to escape. The result leaves Chuck caught like a rat in a trap, vainly seeking a way out through dark streets...
Keywords: Film-Noir; Peter Lorre
Downloads: 47,978 (17 reviews)
Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy pick up a hitch-hiker (William Talman) who turns out to be an insane escaped convict. The mpeg2 file is ready to be loaded into dvdAuthorGUI to create a DVD to watch on your television.
Keywords: suspense; terror; hitch-hiker; murder; convict
Downloads: 47,623 (12 reviews)
|Beat the Devil - John Huston|
This is a DVD image. Beat the Devil This movie has not become a cult classic for nothing. Among its other merits, it is one of the few films where a film noir is mixed with a comedy. It’s a whose who of actors of it’s vintage and is directed by John Huston. It stars Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre.
Keywords: Humphrey Bogart; Jennifer Jones; Gina Lollobrigida
Downloads: 39,029 (8 reviews)
|Five Minutes to Live / AKA Door-to-Door Maniac - James Ellsworth|
A gang of bank robbers (Johnny Cash) terrorize a small town by knocking on doors and then killing whoever answers.
Keywords: Crime; Music; Drama; Thriller
Downloads: 38,448 (6 reviews)
|Strange Love of Martha Ivers|
Top-of-the-line noir melodrama featuring Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck, Lizabeth Scott, and Kirk Douglas. Don't miss it. (The video is interlaced in the MPEG2 file. If viewing with VLC, deinterlace with menu-path Video/Deinterlace/Blend.) You can load the mpeg2 file into DVDAuthorGUI (a free program) and create a DVD to watch on your television.
Keywords: noir; Van Heflin; Lizabeth Scott
Downloads: 38,199 (3 reviews)
|Fear in the Night - L.B. Merman, William H. Pine, William C. Thomas|
A film noir shocker, based on the story Nightmare by Cornell Woorlich, in which average Joe Vince Grayson (De Forest Kelley) dreams he murders someone and wakes up to find it may not have been a dream. This is worth it for the clever plot twists alone.
Keywords: Film-Noir; Mystery; De Forest Kelley
Downloads: 37,863 (7 reviews)
|The Scar - Steve Sekely|
"Harsh tale of an alienated criminal's attempt to impersonate his psychiatrist-double. Important fatalistic noir, with classy visuals and a very fine script that features a creative doppelganger theme." - noir expert Spencer Selby Also titled "Hollow Triumph". Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz, Leslie Brooks, John Qualen. 82 min.
Keywords: film noir, Joan Bennett, The Scar
Downloads: 37,554 (12 reviews)
|Jail Bait - Edward D Wood Jr|
Jail Bait (1954) Directed by Edward D Wood Jr. A Howco Release A vicious criminal uses plastic surgery to escape the police.This movie features Steve Reeves (undubbed). This is the original version of the film released in 1954. This film was registered for copyright (1954 LP3883) and never renewed. It entered the public domain on 1 January 1983.
Keywords: Edward D Wood Jr; Mystery; Crime Thriller; Steve Reeves; Delores Fuller; Lyle Talbot; Ed Wood
Downloads: 37,303 (13 reviews)
|The Lady Confesses|
Mary Beth Hughes, about to be married to Hugh Beaumont, receives a visit from his previous wife, who was presumed dead. And then the woman is found murdered. The video is interlaced in both the MPEG2 file and the Cinepack. If viewing with VLC, deinterlace with menu-path Video/Deinterlace/Blend.
Keywords: Hugh Beaumont; Mary Beth Hughes; murder
Downloads: 37,080 (8 reviews)
|Blonde Ice (1948)|
A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men. They all die mysteriously afterwards though. Mystic Nights Videos
Keywords: Robert Paige; Leslie Brooks; Russ Vincent; Michael Whalen; Mystic Nights Videos
Downloads: 37,078 (10 reviews)
|Scarlet Street - Fritz Lang|
"Sultry woman's boyfriend has her hook middle-aged clerk for his money, leading first to ironic and then tragic complications. Second of a pair of closely related middle class nightmares directed by Fritz Lang. (Remake of Jean Renoir's 1931 French film, La Chienne.)" - noir expert Spencer Selby
Keywords: Drama; Noir; Mystery
Downloads: 35,082 (2 reviews)
|Detour (iPod) - Leon Fromkess|
"Man is involved in two freakish accidents that make him look like a murderer. Poverty row masterwork that is the most precise elucidation of the noir theme of explicit fatalism." - noir expert Spencer Selby A B-movie, it was shot in six days. The film, budgeted for $89,000, but cost $117,000 to make. Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan, Roger Clark, Pat Gleason, Esther Howard...
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Film-Noir; Mystery; Thriller
Downloads: 34,624 (3 reviews)
|The Second Woman - Mort Briskin, Robert Smith|
Robert Young plays Jeff Cohalan, a young man whose wife was murdered while they were on their honeymoon, and who is plagued by strange accidents and visions of her death. He meets a beautiful young woman on a train, Ellen (Betsy Drake), and it becomes apparent that the two are very attracted to one another. Ellen soon learns about Jeff's past and is quickly drawn into his strange dark world, even when she begins to realize that Jeff may be much more dangerous than he seems.
Keywords: Drama; Film-Noir; Mystery
Downloads: 33,379 (9 reviews)
|Stranger, The - Sam Spiegel|
Set Connecticut after World War II, The Stranger is a cat and mouse game between Wilson (Edward G. Robinson), a member of the Allied War Crimes Commission and Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a Nazi who has assumed the false identity of Dr. Charles Rankin. To complete his new intelligentsia disguise, Kindler marries Mary Longstreet, daughter of a Supreme Court justice. Originally uploaded by k-otic.com
Keywords: WWII; Suspense; Drama; Mystery
Downloads: 32,525 (3 reviews)
|Whistle Stop - Seymour Nebenzal , Philip Yordan|
When beautiful Mary (Ava Gardner) returns home to her "whistle stop" home town, long-standing feelings of animosity between two of her old boyfriends leads to robbery and murder.
Keywords: Drama; Crime; Film-Noir; Ava Gardner
Downloads: 32,520 (6 reviews)
|Big Bluff - W. Lee Wilder|
You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.
Downloads: 31,925 (7 reviews)
In a classic poverty-row noir, the protagonist struggles helplessly in the grip of inexorable fate. Currently rated 7.4 at the IMDB. This was the first poverty-row film chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry, in 1992. Don't miss it. The copy you find here is sharper than the two that have already been uploaded. And the mpeg2 file contains nav packets, so you can load it into DVDAuthorGUI (a free program) and quickly create a DVD to watch on your television.
Keywords: noir; Tom Neal; Ann Savage; poverty row; suspense; P.R.C
Downloads: 31,725 (13 reviews)
|Shock - Aubrey Schenck|
This post-World War II suspense thriller sets off an emotional roller coaster after the psychologically fragile wife of a POW (Anabel Shaw) witnesses a brutal murder from a hotel window while waiting to be reunited with her husband (Frank Latimer). By the time he arrives, she's nearly comatose with shock. The hotel's psychiatrist (Vincent Price) is called in to help Film noir classic, noted for its dark themes, stark camera angles and high-contrast lighting.
Keywords: Horror; Thriller; Film-Noir
Downloads: 30,915 (10 reviews)
|Guest in the House (1944)|
Story of a young woman's obsessive love. Evelyn (Anne Baxter), an emotionally unstable woman, stays at the home of her doctor Dan Proctor (Scott McKay). She meets and falls in love with the doctors brother Douglas, but he is already happily married. Evelyn decides she will break up the marriage. Mystic Nights Videos
Keywords: Anne Baxter; Ralph Bellamy; Aline MacMahon; Ruth Warrick; Scott McKay; Marie McDonald; Jerome Cowan; Margaret Hamilton; Percy Kilbride; Connie Laird; Mystic Nights Videos
Downloads: 30,453 (4 reviews)
|D.O.A. - Leo C. Popkin|
Acclaimed film noir story of man trying desperately to find who has given him a slow-acting fatal dose of radium.
Keywords: suspense; film noir
Downloads: 30,375 (5 reviews)
|The Strange Love of Martha Ivers - Lewis Milestone|
"Man is waylaid by chance in old home town, meets a girl down on her luck and a turbulent couple with whom he shares a dark childhood secret. Significant noir melodrama focusing on provocative, intermingling relationships of neurotic love, guilt and fear." - noir expert Spencer Selby Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas (his first film), Judith Anderson, Roman Bohnen, Darryl Hickman...
Keywords: Martha Ivers, Lewis Milestone, Stanwyck, Kirk Douglas
Downloads: 30,338 (18 reviews)
|The Amazing Mr. X - Ben Stoloff|
1948 B thriller shot by renowned cinematographer John Alton, who was also involved with the following films already available on the archive: T-Men (1947), He walked by night (1948), Hollow triumph (aka The scar) (1948), The crooked way (1949), Reign of Terror (1949) and The big combo (1955). IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040829/ Two years after the accidental death of her husband, Christine Faber (Lynn Bari) is trying to put her life back together and move forward...
Keywords: Turhan Bey; Lynn Bari; Cathy O'Donnell; Richard Carlson; John Alton; Film Noir
Downloads: 28,812 (9 reviews)
|Jigsaw - Edward J. and Harry Lee Danziger|
The plot is about a shadowy group called the Crusaders, which has been organizing itself into a power center. Its poster shows a handsome Aryan lad against the waving American flag. Their slogan, "Join The Crusaders -- Fight for America!". The implication is clear...the Crusaders will be against anyone who doesn't look, sound or believe the way that Aryan poster boy does. When a columnist is killed while looking into the Crusaders, Howard Malloy finds himself appointed a special prosecutor...
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Film-Noir
Downloads: 28,758 (3 reviews)
|Borderline - Milton H. Bren|
Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor are caught in Mexican dope-smuggling ring, fearing each other is involved, but both undercover agents. Cast includes Raymond Burr. For more info on this film see its IMDB.com entry
Keywords: crime; adventure
Downloads: 26,848 (9 reviews)
|The Limping Man - Donald Ginsberg|
World War II vet Frank Pryor (Lloyd Bridges) returns to London from America after six years to look up an old flame, Pauline French (Moira Lister), now a successful actress. As he and the other passengers deplane and walk across to the terminal, Frank pauses for a moment and asks the man beside him for a light. There's a gunshot and the man crumples to the ground, shot by a marksman with a high-powered rifle, an assassin with a limp...
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Lloyd Bridges
Downloads: 26,272 (15 reviews)
|Please Murder Me - Jack J. Gross|
A lawyer wins an a acquittal for his client, a woman accused of murder. After the verdict, he finds out that she indeed did commit the murder and manipulated him to win her acquittal.
Keywords: Crime; Drama; Film-Noir; Thriller
Downloads: 25,697 (9 reviews)
|Kansas City Confidential (720p HD)|
For other intermediate derivations of this file look here: archive.org/details/Kansas_City_Confidential_1952
Downloads: 25,575 (9 reviews)
|Strange Illusion - Edgar G. Ulmer|
"Adolescent believes that his widowed mother's suitor may have murdered his father. Stylish cheapie by the recognized master of stylish cheapies." - noir expert Spencer Selby
Keywords: film noir, Ulmer
Downloads: 25,308 (8 reviews)